Derek began his career in environmental education as an IslandWood graduate student in 2009. A native of Bellingham, Washington, Derek spent his childhood searching for every last amphibian in and around the ponds, forests, and shopping malls of South Everett. Currently he manages IslandWood’s programs at the Brightwater Education Center in Woodinville where he feels privileged to work closely with students and adults from the area that he grew up in. Derek has been at Brightwater since before the doors first opened, and he’s helped cultivate the school, community, and teacher professional development programs since 2011. He has also served as adjunct faculty in the Urban Environmental Education program at Antioch University since 2018. Derek has committed his professional life to sharing his passion for urban systems and understanding how they impact and shape our communities, both human and non-human. When not at work, you can usually find him looking under a rock or a log with his son and daughter or on
a soccer field somewhere.
Education: B.A. in Environmental Studies, Ecology and Conservation, University of Washington; Graduate Certificate in Education for Environment and Community, IslandWood; M.Ed. in Science Education, University of Washington.
IslandWood acknowledges that we live and work on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people, who have been stewards of this region's land and waters since time immemorial. While the majority of our work takes place on Suquamish and Duwamish land, we also conduct programs on the land of the Snohomish, Puyallup, Muckleshoot, Skokomish, and S’Klallam peoples.
4450 Blakely Ave. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 206.855.4300
IslandWood is a registered 501c3 charitable organization.
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